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  • Characters development and personality traits
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    Characters development and personality traits

    Characters development and personality traits   Someone left me a comment asking me about character development this is important because the characters are the story. They are going to drive the plot and make your readers sympathize with or despise them based on the choices they make. So, I made a blog about this subject about crafting  characters development and personality traits     Get to know their history   What I do before I start drafting is I create the character in my head. They start to swim in the back of my mind. Before you start writing think of your character, ask yourself what is their background. Their…

  • Average amount of words in a chapter
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    Average amount of words in a chapter

    The average amount of words in a chapter   “How many words or how long chapters should be in a book?”   I see this question being asked all the time on Facebook groups. It is a dilemma of each writer’s faces when writing. What are the Average amount of words in a chapter?   There are no rules.   That’s right there is no rule for the average amount of words in a chapter. Some books don’t even have a chapter an example of a book I recently read, Our Kind of Cruelty doesn’t’ have any. It had the * to indicate an end of a scene.   It is…

  • Common writing struggles
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    Common writing struggles

    Common writing struggles   I’ve just sent my manuscript to my editor and I’m revising a wip and working on the first draft. What I’m struggling is with my wip is, I can’t seem to find a way to complete the story. Anyhow, here are my top five common writing struggles that each writer should relate too.   Coming up with an idea and you don’t write down.   Does this happen to you? I’m guilty of this crime and ideas seem to come up while I’m falling asleep and I’ll be too sleepy to write them down. Or I’ll get this amazing sentence constructed. Go I bother to get up and write?…

  • Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.
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    Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.

    Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.   Show VS Tell   Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps. We heard it all before show don’t tell. Even though, when you open a classic, you’ll notice that the style back in the day, was told, not show and some of those classics are best books ever written. Since we advanced so did writing.     This is a common writer mistake especially, by writers who are starting out. As I said in the previous post, good writing is rewriting.           Telling   Steve was angry.   Showing.   Steve slammed his hand…

  • Writing the first draft
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    Writing the first draft

    Writing the first draft Writing the first draft: it’s called the first draft for many reasons, writing the first draft is jointing down your ideas on paper.   Whatever you do, don’t look at what you wrote. I repeat; don’t look at what you wrote. Why? Because that comes later when revising, yes prepare to be mortified.   Don’t correct the grammatical errors or spelling that also goes into the revising phrase.   Some writers like to edit the first draft hoping it will be beautifully written. In that turtle mood, you’ll never finish the thing. Your focus is to slap “The End” at the bottom of the page and…

  • Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?
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    Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?

      Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?     We all go through the stage of procrastinating. This is caused by lurk of inspiration or fear which is a strong emotion for everybody. Anxiety, another common emotion for us writing flocks. We think to ourselves, my writing sucks. Ugh, I don’t feel like writing today. My characters are stupid! What if nobody like my book? Sounds Familiar?    It’s okay to take a break and catch up on TV shows and meet friends. I’m catching up with How to get away with murder at the moment. I love to sit on my bed with a packet of…

  • 5 authors that influenced my writing.
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    5 authors that influenced my writing.

    5 authors that influenced my writing. Those 5 authors I will mention here have inspired me to become a writer or at least to sit down and create stories.  Although I’ve read lots of books from different authors and different genres, I always return to their books. So who are the 5 authors that influenced my writing?   Stephen King The first on in the 5 authors that influenced my writing. I have to admit; I find him overrated but in a good way. He is not a writer but a storyteller which is even harder to achieve when writing, the ability to tell a good story. The first book…

  • How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.
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    How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.

    How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.   Sometimes we all feel unmotivated and I had plenty of those late last year. It’s okay to take a break from writing occasionally and catch up with friends, watch a movie or TV show or do something else that you love. Here are my top five steps on how to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing. Music    Music helps me to relax also to keep me thinking about my book and generate new ideas. I walk to work, so, I always have my headphones on and drift into another world, where I can focus on what I should…

  • The novella and a novel what's the difference?
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    The novella and a novel what’s the difference

    The novella and a novel what’s the difference?   This one of the common questions I’ve seen asked in writers groups, other is what readers prefer to read if its novellas or a full-length novel.   What is a novella? A novella is a range of 20,000 to 40,000 words a few of the most popular novellas are A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men, or The Great Gatsby.  At the time, it was common for stories in this length to be published and if you notice, most of the books published in the 30s to the 70s era where short. There were full-length novels.   According to the research,…

  • How Not to start a book
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    How Not to start a book

    How Not to start a book Opening with a Dream How NOT to start a book, Never under any circumstances, open the story with an action than reveal that the character was dreaming. Do not end your story that everything that happened was a dream either. Agents or editors won’t be happy with that. Waking up   Same as dreaming, do not open your story with your MC waking up and doing the usual boring stuff. Like brushing his/her teeth, making coffee, eating breakfast etc. The story should start with an action or at least, before the action. However, some say you can start the story with your character waking…